I had the great pleasure of working on the Sound Design for Prospect (Directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell) with Brendan Hogan and Jamie Hunsdale at Impossible Acoustic. This film gave us a unique opportunity to create a soundscape for a whole new universe.
“Detailed sound design and a score composed of bassy rumbles and eerie tubular noises flesh out what the eyes cannot see. Though the narrative is small and the stakes are low, it all feels like part of a bigger universe. If anything, this is what the standalone “Star Wars” movies should feel like.” - Variety
Sound Design and Dialog Editor
Alaska State Troopers is a reality TV show featured on the National Geographic channel that features one of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation. In the series you will see the troopers responding by land, air, and sea to protect the people and wildlife of Alaska.
I had the opportunity to work on various episodes of Alaska State Troopers from season 3 to season 7 through my freelance work at Bad Animals. Typically a TV show of this nature would not have a full sound design edit pass and would mostly consist of production audio but with Alaska State Troopers to make the show even more realistic and bring the viewer into the life of a State Trooper we would do a full sound design pass. The main focus would be to enhance footsteps, car, utility vehicles, boats, airplanes and much more.
In addition to doing sound design for the show I also would be involved with the dialog edit. The main focus of the dialog edit for Alaska State Troopers was to smooth the dialog elements and make them sound as natural and realistic as possible.
Here is a link to more video clips and information about the TV show.
Below is also a link to the official Alaska State Troopers webpage.
Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Editor
The  is a local comedy show featuring local comedians from the Seattle area. The  airs on NBC after Saturday Night Live and Sundays after the King 5 11pm news. The  is the successor to the Almost Live! and much of the comedy is related to Seattle events and culture.
For the three seasons that The  was in production I was responsible for the final mix and the dialog edit. The time frame of the audio edit and mix is extremely short because many times the shows live audience taping would be the same week the show aired on TV. Another challenge with mixing this show is that some of the sketches were pre-mixed and it proved to be a task to get the pre-mixed sketches to blend with the final mix of the tapped show. Also since this show is filmed with a live audience that brought a different dynamic in to how I approached mixing this show. There is a fine balance between the on-screen dialog of the show and the crowds reactions. One of the aspects of the show that I love is the broad range of material that you get to work with from standup comedy, to a movie trailer parody, to a band performing, and everything in between.
The  YouTube page
Sound Designer and Editor
Biz Kids is a TV show on PBS where kids teach kids about money and business. The show had a total of five seasons and was aired all over the world. Also Biz Kids has also been nominated for multiple daytime Emmy Awards.
At Bad Animals one of the projects that I worked on was Biz Kids. My main role was to help Mike McAuliffe (Lead Sound Designer) with any extra sound design that needed to be added to the show. The profile sections of the episodes were the main parts that I worked on. The sound design for Biz Kids is gear for kids and is much different than the sound design that I am use to doing in films. This TV Series has improved my work flow and sound design pallet.
The National Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences
Nomination in Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action
2012-2013 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
Link to official webpage.
Sound Designer and Dialog Editor
Re-Recording Mixer: Brendan Hogan
Take the Game with You is an online advertisement for Acer America showing their new Acer Predator 17 inch laptop with Intel Core i7 processor that is designed for gamers.
For this project I helped with the sound design and dialog edit for Brendan Hogan. The project turned out great and Brendan did an awesome job on the final mix.
Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Designer
Threads is about the art and life of Surayia Rahman. Surayia Rahman is a self-trained, passionate artist who guided hundreds of underprivileged women in Bangladesh to create masterworks. This exquisitely hand embroidered art has been gifted to dignitaries and admired in collections throughout the world.
I had the amazing opportunity to mix this film with Steve Barsotti my former instructor and mentor from the Art Institute of Seattle. We both had a great time collaborating with Cathy Stevulak (Director/Co-Producer) to create an auditory landscape to bring the story of Surayia Rahman to life. In addition to the sound design and dialog of the film we also got to incorporate the original score of traditional and modern music from Bangladesh by the works of Tanveer Sajeeb Alam.
Here is a link to the official webpage for Threads: The Art and Life of Surayia Rahman.
The War of the Encyclopaedists is a novel by Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite. (In a superb, rare literary collaboration, two major new talents join their voices to tell the story of a generation at a crossroads, and a friendship that stretches over continents and crises—from the liberal arena of Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq—in this ambitious and electrifying debut novel. - amazon.com)
At Bad Animals both David Gallander and I recorded the audiobook for the War of the Encyclopaedists.
Link to Audible Sample:
Additional Sound Designer
The Breach is a film by Mark Titus and is about his journey to discover why the salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest have fallen and to find a way to bring them back.
For this film I helped create some of the additional sound design elements for Dave Howe at Bad Animals. Dave Howe did an incredible job on the final mix of the film. The sound design of this film centers on the salmon and the sound is what brings them to life. The sound of water movements and splashes brings a sense of rhythm and life.
Link to official webpage
(Note: I was not involved with the audio for the trailer.)
Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire is a documentary about one of the most famous glass art schools in the world. Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire is a story about how a small art school north of Seattle became one of the most influential schools for glass artists.
For this film I was the additional sound designer at Bad Animals and helped with creating the sound design for the title cards of the film. The sound design for the title cards used mostly layers of fire, glass, and air.
Link to the official webpage of Pilchuck a Dance with Fire.
Sound Designer and Editor
Street Heat: High Speed Justice is a pilot TV episode about Illegal Street racing scene in Kent, WA a suburb of Seattle.
For Street Heat: High Speed Justice I helped with the sound design and editing of the pilot episode at Bad Animals.
Link to National Geographic Webpage:
Black & White is a collection of visual elements that James Reeves filmed and edited for me to create a sound design experience. For this project I wanted to create organic sounds that intercepts with digital sounds. Many of the sounds in this project are severely pitched down 192kHz recordings. The great aspect of 192kHz sample rates is that it gives you amazing resolution to pitch shift recordings. Depending on the frequency response of your microphones once you start pitch shifting 192kHz recordings you will start to hear rhythm and elements that you typically cannot hear in the human hearing range. Once the 192kHz recordings are pitched down they transform into a whole new composition.
RAILRAIN is the final sound design project that I did in my Sound Design II class at The Art Institute of Seattle. My instructor, Chris Delaurenti, an amazing sound artist in his own right, supplied the abstract footage. I love working with abstract visuals and creating soundtracks from a limitless palette of sounds. Even though this project is very abstract, it is one of my favorite works and its sound elements translate very effectively to the commercial side of audio post-production. I endeavored to push the sound in this film to a point where the visuals and sound perfectly supported each other. I wanted this piece to be a very dramatic, in your face, and non-stop. In order to accomplish that and make the film come alive, I had to make the piece as dynamic as possible. This was the last project that I worked on at The Art Institute of Seattle and I can happily say that it brought my sound design work to a new level. It was a great project to make my first step into the real world of post audio.
Location Sound Recordist and Mixer
Satsop is an abstract music recording inside of a nuclear cooling tower. The Satsop Nuclear Plant was began construction in the 1970’s and was going to be the larges nuclear power plant project in U. S. history. The Nuclear Plant was stopped because the budget swelled to $24 billion and there was a lot of public rejection to the plant. One portion of the project, plant 3 (Were the Recording took place) was 85% compete with even the reactor in place but was never finished. The Satsop nuclear plant was later converted in to a business park but most of it is still abandon. Cooling tower three where the recording took place stands over 480 feet tall and is one of the most amazing acoustic places in the world.
My department director Steve Barsotti was the first to introduce me about later recording he performed there. Ever since he told me about this location I was determined to record in that space and in my second to last quarter that dream became reality. I organized a location recording in the most complete cooling tower at the nuclear site with artiest including Stewart Dempster, Paul Kikuchi and Steve Barsotti. We did a 5.1 decca tree and an over 350 feet stereo pair microphone set up. This was the most amazing location recording I have ever done and I can’t wait to go back.
Paul Miller, Fernando Labarthe, and Seth Moore
Sound Designer and Editor
TLC’s Virgin Diaries pilot TV series is the true story of older adults who are still virgins and saving themselves for marriage.
For Virgin Diaries I helped with the sound design and editing of the series at Bad Animals.
Sound Designer and Editor
Scouts Honor:Badge To The Bone is a full-length film featuring Chris Kattan, Fred Willard, David Schultz, Dianna Agron, and many more. Scouts Honor is a comedy about two brothers, David and Tim Appleorchard, who must earn their first merit badges in order to keep the camp from falling into their brother’s hands.
I became part of the post-production sound crew when Art Institute of Seattle faculty member, Jake Perrine, asked me to help along with two fellow students, Josh Svare and Ryan Weadon. Together we completed sound editing and mixing for this in less than a month—I focused primarily on SFX.
Sound Designer and Editor
Hell's Fury: Wanted Dead or Alive is a full-length western film directed by Alan Chan. Reach for the Sky features Hannah Hague, Adam Hagenbuch, Richard Olsen, and Ron E. Harris. The Story is about Eryn Cates and her fight to save her father’s ranch from foreclosure. The movie is filled with shootouts and amazing horse chase scenes.
The sound crew was Josh Svare, Brendan Hogan, and myself—we were given free reign to develop the soundtrack. I learned a lot from this project and we worked very well together as a team. When the film received national distribution, we were called back to build a 5.1 mix.
Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer
A local Si-Fi film produced and directed in the Seattle area, filled with non-stop action and over 774 stunning visual effects, from space ships flying over Seattle to transformer like machines fighting the London Underground.
I couldn’t resist helping on this amazing project. I was pushed to expand my sound pallet and take my sound design skills to a new level. The mix was challenging with non-stop SFX, in your face music, and important dialog that needed to be crystal clear. I quickly discovered the importance of the story and creating space in the mix for the most important ingredients. We were working with production audio, which presented quite a challenge, but I learned several new techniques to help build a presentable dialogue track.
Location Sound Recordist and Mixer
I got the amazing opportunity to help record the Portable Sanctuary album with Bob Schwenkler in one of the best acoustical sounding environments in Seattle. With the generous support of Sound Transit and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Affairs we were allow full access to record in the great hall of Union Station. It was a great experience to help record Paul Kikuchi one of my instructors from the Art Institute of Seattle.
Sound Designer, Editor and Mixer
Eraser is a short film by James Reeves. In the film a woman get on a train to record her memories to a VHS tape and erase herself from existing.
This film was a great and very exciting project to work on. I have work with James Reeves on many projects and I am always amazed by his work. The sound design in this film was very dark, deep and metallic. The sound design also had to work in conjunction with the music because the music was the main driving sound element in this film.